So I will admit I’m a flake sometimes. I’ll blame it on my ADD…I recently self-diagnosed. Last year, I made a commitment to myself and to my readers that I would stop using plastic bags and bring my own bags to the grocery store.

Dated April 22, 2010 I wrote, “I am going to use those bags and if I forget them, I either have to carry my groceries or buy another bag.”

Well, that commitment lasted for about a month or two. Then to make matters worse, I wrote at the end of that same column, “I would like to spend the next couple of columns on this same subject. I promise it will be riveting and if it’s not, at least do me a favor and toss me in the recycle bin.”

That last line is kind of clever, don’t ya think? However, I’m a columnist not a politician so my clever-cute ending doesn’t make up for the fact that twice I didn’t do what I said I was going to do.

So, first and foremost I would like to apologize to you and the environment for my lack of follow-through. I really don’t know why I can’t just remember those bags when I go in the grocery store. It’s probably the same part of my brain that forgets to charge my phone or forgets where I put my keys or my sunglasses. Unfortunately, that part of the brain doesn’t forget how good wings and pizza taste. I mean if I could forget how yummy wings and pizza tasted, instead of forget to take my re-usable bag into the store, I would look like one of those size-two women you see walking around Whole Foods in their yoga pants and tank tops.

I don’t really want to be a size two, and I can’t afford to shop at Whole Foods, but what I really want is to remember my bags when I shop. So in order to help others and hopefully me I have looked up some statistics on our use of plastic bags and our problem with littering.

We all complain that too much money is being spent, here and there but according to the Earth Resource Foundation, the current projected annual cost to public agencies in California for litter prevention, clean up and disposal is $375.2 million.

The state will spend in excess of $72 million annually just to collect and dispose of cups and bags. Also according to www.Don’tTrashCalifornia.info (a website sponsored by Caltrans) the number one source of trash on the freeway are cigarette butts.

When it comes to plastic bags, its pretty crazy. According to www.reusit.com there are about one million plastic bags used every minute and 500 billion to one trillion produced worldwide every year. A plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade and only one percent of those are recycled whereas 10 percent end up in the ocean. Of those 10 percent that end up in the ocean, 70 percent of those sit on the ocean floor.

Maybe, you already know this and you have been recycling since before I could even spell my first name or maybe you know this and have ignored it, or maybe you’ve learned a little something and your going to try harder, I know I am. See you at the grocery store checkout, bring your bag and remind me to bring mine too.